| Neighborhoods

Larger text Larger text Smaller text Smaller text | Order Photo Reprints

Esper challenges Hines' mayoral petition

Email Newsletters

Click here to sign up for one of our email newsletters.
Wednesday, March 27, 2013, 5:21 a.m.

A third candidate has turned up for the Democratic nomination for mayor in Homestead.

If incumbent Betty Esper has her way, Councilwoman Zaneta R. Hines may have a short-lived stay on the May 21 ballot.

Allegheny County election officials said Hines' petition was filed under Bridgeville rather than Homestead.

On Tuesday, Common Pleas Judge Joseph M. James allowed Esper to file a “non pro tunct” challenge of Hines.

“The petition in question was misfiled,” Esper said. “A timely challenge could not have been filed.”

James will hear Esper's objection on April 3 at 1:15 p.m.

Also running for mayor on May 21 is emergency medical technician Henry A. White. No Republicans are filed for any positions in Homestead.

James on Wednesday will hear objections to other petitions filed for the primary.

Three were scheduled on Tuesday. One was rendered moot when former state Rep. Shawn Flaherty withdrew his bid for Allegheny County Council in District 3 in the North Hills.

The other two dealt with Democratic and Republican objections to Kenneth Ray Lawson's candidacy for magisterial district judge in the Elizabeth Forward area.

James invalidated Lawson's Democratic bid but his Republican bid was upheld when attorney Matthew D. Racunas withdrew a challenge filed on behalf of Elizabeth Councilwoman Robin Miller.

Patrick Cloonan is a staff writer for Trib Total Media.

Subscribe today! Click here for our subscription offers.



Show commenting policy

Most-Read McKeesport

  1. Court rules McKeesport Area board election OK
  2. 26 students at risk of losing bus service, East Allegheny superintendent warns
  3. Elizabeth Township gives police chief raise, hires 3 officers
  4. Breast cancer patient to benefit from ‘Pink Your Pasta’ fundraiser
  5. 3 injured in police chase, collision in Duquesne
  6. McKeesport shooting victim in stable condition
  7. Glassport native added to Independent Pro Wrestling Hall of Fame
  8. Next of kin sought for man whose body was found in Youghiogheny River
  9. Clairton Chief Hoffman conquers FBI training
  10. Constables likely to appeal conviction for assault of Munhall woman
  11. Clairton stabbing suspect sought